Claiborne County
Tennessee

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1801

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Seeking information on the house once known as the Josephine Farmer Reece and Hiram Reece, Jr. house. Supposedly located off of Big Sycamore in Tazewell TN.

The Graham-Kivette House, built circa 1810, is the oldest home in Tazewell and one of only a few buildings that survived a disastrous fire in 1862. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance has this home as #4 on the Ten Endangered Heritage List.
The Claiborne County Chamber & ECD Foundation have taken over responsibility for the property, and want to restore the building and grounds back to its original state.

Some exciting news. Eleanor Yoakum, First Century Bank, has been nominated to sit on the board of the East Tennessee Historical Society. After talking to Cherel B. Henderson, Executive Director of the ETHS, during the Sevier Family Association gathering in Knoxville I mentioned the close relationship between the Jennings/Yoakum families and my desire to see that the current Graham-Kivette House be restored and used in a historical setting. The relationships are below:

William B. JENNINGS, (Anderson3 JENNINGS, Anderson2, Hezakiah1) was born in 1869 at Claiborne Co., Tennessee, USA, and married (68) Maggie DAVIS who was born about 1870 at Tn.
Children:
69 + Carson5 JENNINGS b. Aug 31 1902 d. Apr 27 1970
70 + Lynn A. JENNINGS b. May 17 1905 d. Aug 31 1973
He also married (71) Mossie WITT, daughter of WITT, who was born Nov 21, 1869 at Claiborne Co., Tennessee, USA. Mossie died on Dec 15, 1966.
Children:
72 + Archie Witt5 JENNINGS b. Feb 21 1912 d. Jan 22 1962
73 + Lillian Inez JENNINGS b. Apr 18 1914 d. Jul 14 1986
74 + James Alfred JENNINGS b. Mar 19 1918 d. Dec 11 1981
Lillian Inez5 JENNINGS, (William4 JENNINGS, Anderson3, Anderson2, Hezakiah1) was born Apr 18, 1914 at Claiborne Co., Tennessee, and married (133) Kyle KIVETT, son of James P. KIVETT and Cordilla J. CARR, who was born Dec 9, 1911 at Claiborne Co., Tennessee.
Robert G. YOAKUM, Jr. (Robert G. YOAKUM5, George W. YOAKUM4, Valentine YOAKUM3, Matthias M. YOAKUM2, Peter YOAKUM1) was born 6 Sep 1824 in Claiborne County, Tennessee, and died 10 Feb 1901 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. He was buried in Yoakum Chapel Cem., Claiborne County, Tennessee. He married Lucinda JENNINGS 20 Jun 1856 in Claiborne County, Tennessee, daughter of Anderson M. JENNINGS and Zilpha MOORE. She was born 30 Apr 1837 in Tennessee, and died 13 Jan 1921 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. She was buried in Yoakum Chapel Cem., Claiborne County, Tennessee.
Yoakum, Robert G. - Confederate, 7th Regiment, Tenn. Infantry, Co. E, Pvt., film #M231 roll 48.

Yoakum, Robert G. - Conscripted April 18, 1864. Deserted at Hanover Court House, Va. May 25, 1864. From East Tennessee.
James R. YOAKUM (Ewing B. YOAKUM6, Robert G. YOAKUM5) married Mary HODGES 11 Feb 1869 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. She was born 1844 in Tennessee.
Daniel Cawood YOAKUM (James R. YOAKUM7, Ewing B. YOAKUM6, Robert G. YOAKUM5)was born Feb 1877 in Claiborne County, Tennessee, married Lettie Rose BREEDING and died 12 Apr 1953.
Daniel Cawood YOAKUM had a son Glenn L. YOAKUM was born 1914 in Claiborne County, Tennessee.


Also:

Henry Lewis7 WALKER, (Sterling6 WALKER, Johnathan5, Joseph4, Edward3, John2, John1) was born May 26, 1874, and married Mattie J. FARMER, daughter of (Samuel FARMER, William, Susan STONE, John, William, Henry, William, Philip, William), and Hattie Viola Redmond who was born Feb 25, 1887. Henry Lewis died on Nov 13, 1935. Mattie died in 1979 and was buried in Fugate Cem.
Children:
+ 112 i Leo8 WALKER was born on Jul 23, 1915.
+ 113 ii Eva WALKER was born on Sep 15, 1913.
(112) Leo8 WALKER, (Henry7 WALKER, Sterling6, Johnathan5, Joseph4, Edward3, John2, John1) was born Jul 23, 1915, and married Glenn YOAKUM who was born Jul 11, 1913. Glenn died on May 25, 1990.
Children:
+ 114 i Eleanor9 YOAKUM was born on Feb 23, 1942.
+ 115 ii Glenna YOAKUM was born on Jul 26, 1949.
+ 116 iii Martha YOAKUM was born on Dec 20, 1953.
(114) Eleanor9 YOAKUM, (Leo8 WALKER, Henry7, Sterling6, Johnathan5, Joseph4, Edward3, John2, John1) was born Feb 23, 1942, and married Robert BARGER.
Children:
117 i Stephanie10 BARGER was born Jan 23, 1968.
118 ii Robert Glenn BARGER was born Oct 24, 1972.
(115) Glenna9 YOAKUM, (Leo8 WALKER, Henry7, Sterling6, Johnathan5, Joseph4, Edward3, John2, John1) was born Jul 26, 1949, and married Sidney ADAMS.
Children:
119 i Oliver10 ADAMS was born Nov 15, 1980.
(116) Martha9 YOAKUM, (Leo8 WALKER, Henry7, Sterling6, Johnathan5, Joseph4, Edward3, John2, John1) was born Dec 20, 1953, and married Steve JOHNSON.
Children:
120 i Eleanor Danielle10 JOHNSON was born Oct 8, 1983.
(113) Eva8 WALKER, (Henry7 WALKER, Sterling6, Johnathan5, Joseph4, Edward3, John2, John1) was born Sep 15, 1913, and married Archie Witt JENNINGS, son of William B. JENNINGS and Mossie WITT, who was born Feb 21, 1912 in Claiborne Co., Tn. Archie Witt died on Jan 22, 1962 in Claiborne Co., Tn.
Children:
+ 121 i Thomas Walker9 JENNINGS was born on Jan 5, 1946.
(121) Thomas Walker9 JEENNINGS, (Eva8 WALKER, Henry7, Sterling6, Johnathan5, Joseph4, Edward3, John2, John1) was born Jan 5, 1946, and married Phyllis SLUSHER who was born May 10, 1950.
Children:
122 i Erica10 JENNINGS was born Aug 18, 1978.
123 ii Andrea JENNINGS was born Feb 12, 1981.
124 iii Michael Thomas JENNINGS was born Jun 10, 1985.


Near Horton's Ford in Hancock County across the Clinch River is an 850-acre tract purchased recently by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency from The Nature Conservancy. The property features a seven-bedroom farmhouse that has been carefully restored and opened on Earth Day, April 22, 2008.


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